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Around the Big Ten, Week 3: West falters, East impresses

The Big Ten East will have three top-10 teams.

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Every Sunday, after an entire Saturday’s worth of college football, we'll take a look around theBig Ten. As the conference as a whole fights as respectability in the non-conference, or as its power dynamics shift on a week-to-week basis in this fall, we'll follow every team and try to piece togather the puzzle that is the 13-week-long season all the way up until Indianapolis.

Here are the top three storylines from Week 3:

1. Ohio State makes big statement in Norman

This week, Oklahoma’s scout team quarterback said Baker Mayfield would light up a “basic” Ohio State defense. The Buckeyes went into Norman and picked off two Mayfield passes and ran for nearly 300 yards in a 45-24 thrashing of the Sooners. J.T. Barrett threw for four touchdowns and added 74 yards on the ground. Oh, also: WATCH THIS CATCH.

2. Michigan State beats Notre Dame

Michigan State got up 36-7 and survived a late run from Notre Dame, holding on for a 36-28 win in South Bend. The Spartans ran 52 times for 260 yards compared to throwing just 26 times for 241, but Mark Dantonio just continues to get it done. Also, Notre Dame lost, which automatically makes this a very good result.

3. Down goes Io_a!!!

No win Saturday in Iowa City. FCS powerhouse North Dakota State came into Kinnick and beat the Hawkeyes. NDSU dominated Iowa at its own game, running for 239 yards and only allowing 34 on the ground. This was truly a shocker to everyone except Northwestern fans, who know how good the FCS is good.

Other games

  • There was no Miracle at Michigan 2.0 as Michigan rallied for a 45-28 win over Colorado in The Big House. The Buffaloes lost starting quarterback Sefo Liafau shortly after his third touchdown just after halftime, and the three other players who threw passes went a combined 2 for 9 for 15 yards.
  • Wisconsin survived a major scare that included a quarterback change, beating Georgia State 23-17 in Madison. The Badgers handed the keys to freshman Alex Hornibrook after a flat start with Bart Houston, and he threw what proved to be the game-winning touchdown.
  • Nebraska turned in the most impressive performance of any Big Ten West team, beating Oregon 35-32 in a thriller. Good Tommy Armstrong made a nice appearance for the Huskers throwing for 200 yards and three scores and adding 95 yards and the game-winning touchdown on the ground.
  • Rutgers came from behind to beat New Mexico State 37-28... The only good part about Rutgers football, wide receiver/kick returner Janarion Grant, had a punt return touchdown, a receiving touchdown, a 21-yard passing touchdown and 10 yards on the ground.
  • After losing to the Owls last year, Penn State survived this year, 34-27, thanks to two total touchdowns from Trace McSorley. The Nittany Lions lost Saquon Barkley to injury during the game but got him back later, and McSorley more than held up his end of the responsibility with the star running back out briefly.
  • Row the Boat, PJ Fleck. Western Michigan went into Champaign and blasted the Illini 34-10. Jamauri Bogan tore it up with 189 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
  • Maryland survived in double overtime against Central Florida after backup freshman quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome scored on his lone play, a 24-yard scamper. He had come in to replace injured starter Perry Hills, and needed only one play to make his mark. The Terrapins are 3-0.